Santa Claus

There are no clear and detailed records as to who really gave the name, “Santa Claus.”  Many authors identified Santa

Claus to St. Nicolaus.  But some believed that the words, “Santa Claus” may have been abbreviated from the Dutch title of Melchior which was “Sinterklaas.”  

Note:  What was mentioned in the Bible is “Maggi” or “Wisemen,” not “Three Kings.”  On the other hand, names were not also mentioned.  The name Melchior, etc. may only be given by an author of a published child’s tales related to Christmas or Three Wise Men. 

Historical records show that the name “St. A Claus” appeared in the American press as early as 1773.  On 1809, author Washington Irving wrote the first detailed information about the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas, under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker.  And on 1823, writer Clement Clarke Moore wrote the first Americanized Santa Claus story through a poem entitled, “A Visit From Saint Nicholas (more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas”). On Irving’s version, there were details as the names of the reindeer; Santa Claus’s laughs, winks, and nods; and the method by which Saint Nicholas, referred to as an elf, returns up the chimney.   There were writings that the source of insperation and name were pointing to the legend of Sinter Klaas, as brought by Dutch to New York in the 17th century.  

Clearly, Santa Claus story was one of the most ebraced children’s tales and/or legend worldwide, even by non-believers of Jesus Christ or by non-Christians.  It bacame a yearly world wide hit that first started in America. Although it was first conceptualized in a form of literature, it was later picked-up by the creative advertising that paved way to global commercialization of Christmas.   Santa Claus of today is far different from what early Americans were celebrating. Then, the early Dutch-Americans knew Saint Nicholas as the patron Saint of children and were characterized as a thin, stately, stern, forgiving person with a white beard and Bishop robe.  

Many theological writings exposed the similarities of Santa Claus to other pagan.  Many religious groups even discourage the patronization as it diverts the true meaning and story of Christmas.   Sadly, the world still embraces the story because it now being use to commercialized the season.  Creative Advertising plays a big part.  Coca Cola advertising was known to originally use Santa Claus on one of their vintage advertisements.


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